‘Let not your heart be troubled’

War and turmoil is not new. Only the weapons change. There has been conflict throughout the ages over essentially the same issues.

Even in an evil world we can choose to live our lives so as to merit the protecting care of our loving Father in Heaven. We can be as the righteous living among the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleaded that these cities might be spared for the sake of the righteous (Genesis 18:20-32).

Those who mourn may be comforted with that comfort which comes alone through Christ our Redeemer. It was our Savior who said to his beloved disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am ye may be also. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:1-3, 27).

Let us strive to proclaim to the world the peace and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through His atoning sacrifice we are certain life will continue beyond the veil of death.

Regardless of our circumstances, we can have the peace and comfort of Christ our Savior, our Redeemer, the living Son of our loving Heavenly Father.

-- Wallace Price, Anniston Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Our greatest comfort lies in heaven

There is no hope outside of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Christianity has the only message of eternal hope and that is the message of the gospel.

We were separated from God because of our sinful nature. God, because of his great love and mercy, made a way of salvation available to us through Jesus.

He is fully God and fully man, which made it possible for him to live the perfect life required to satisfy God’s justice.

After Jesus lived the perfect life and fulfilled all of the Old Testament Scripture, then he offered up his life as a propitiatory sacrifice on behalf of all who believe in him.

The Father was pleased with Jesus Christ’s life and death, and therefore he raised him from the dead on the third day.

He now is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us, and he will one day return physically to the earth to judge the living and the dead.

It’s at this point that all who have faith in him will receive their greatest comfort, which is eternal rest in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Until that day, Christians offer the world the same hope that we have received as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. Our only comfort in life and death is the Lord Jesus Christ and his righteousness on my behalf!

-- Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston